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winter 2008 



Bryan Life 

A publication of Bryan College 
Volume 35, Number 2 

Editorial Office: 

Bryan College 

P.O. Box 7000 

Dayton, TN 37321-7000 

(423) 775-2041 


The essence of Vision 2020 - ] 


Presenting the MBA at Bryan 

ampus News 
Page 8 

The Man 

William Jennings Bryan 

Page 12 

Faculty/Staff Notes 

Remembering Bryan - Page 

2008 Homecoming - Page 16 

An Invitation Brings Benefits - Pag 

Lion Tracks - Page 22 

Speaking of Change - Page 25 






Cover Photo: Dean Bell 

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A letter from the 


^££f For just as the heavens are higher than the 
JBI earf/z, so My zrays are higher than your 
2 . \ ways and My thoughts higher than your 
thoughts (Isa 55:9). 

How like our God to manifest Himself in ways most 
improbable to our human minds. Incredibly during this time 
of economic turmoil and anxiety in our nation and world, a Bryan alumnus 
pledged a million-dollar gift for our new entrance! How we thank the Lord for 
His goodness, for providing for the college in His time, and for the opportunity 
to praise His name and acknowledge His ways. 

During Homecoming, Brett Landes, '82, pledged his gift so we may begin 
constructing off U.S. Highway 27 a new main entrance and road that will open 
the west and north sides of campus. The new entrance is the catalyst that will 
launch Vision 2020 — what we believe God wants Bryan College to be in the 
year 2020 — and will open a new chapter in Bryan's storied history. 

We desire to faithfully live out our mission of preparing students to make 
a difference in the places to which God calls them. To achieve that mission, 
Bryan must continue to make great strides as a leader in Christian higher 
education. Vision 2020 initiatives will broaden Bryan's regional and national 
recognition and will open the door for our students to live out the dream of our 
namesake William Jennings Bryan. 

Vision 2020 honors and builds on the effective life and work of Mr. Bryan. 
This great American statesman embodied what it means to achieve excellence in 
his chosen profession and to faithfully effect change in our nation. He exuded 
a confidence in the rightness of his cause because he saw our world through 
the eyes of his Savior, and he devoted his life to the calling given him by his 

Likewise, whether it is through symposia this spring on the influence of 
Charles Darwin and the scourge of human trafficking or through our MBA 
program or our new WJB Center for Law and Public Policy, our college is 
committed to preparing and sending out students who will change their world 
for God's glory 

Vision 2020 brings a new entrance, a new chapter in Bryan's history, and an 
unparalleled opportunity to show the love of Christ to a world desperately in 
need of a Savior. As you read in this issue about what is happening at Bryan, 
may you be challenged to earnestly pray that our ways and our thoughts will be 
those of our Savior and that you will be motivated to give financially towards 
making Vision 2020 a reality. 

Stephen D. Livesay 


Stephen D. Livesay 


Tom Davis, '06H 


Dean Bell 

Director of 

Steve Keck 

Director of 
Planned Giving 

Jim Barth, '57 

Director of Alumni 

Tromanhauser, '80 

Database & Office 

Advancement Assistant 

Tracey Bridwell 

Office Assistant and 
Event Planner 

Paulakay Franks, '84 

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A new emphasis, anchored in the 
college's heritage, is driving Bryan's 
long-range development plan 
designed to position the institution 
as a leader in Christian higher 

Vision 2020 is an ambitious 
capital and programmatic blueprint 
to see the college through the next 
dozen years. Its goals include 
increased enrollment, additional 
programs and facilities, and 
financial stability to ensure Bryan 
maintains its ability to "educate 
students to become servants of Christ 
to make a difference in today's world. 

"Bryan College alumni have a rich 
heritage of influencing our world 
for Christ, just as did our namesake 
William Jennings Bryan/' President 
Stephen Livesay said. "Bryan was 
just 31 years old when he was elected 
to Congress, and was just 36 when 
he first ran for the presidency. Bryan 
College has seen wonderfully gifted 
young men and women pass through 
our halls, people who through many 
vocations are making a kingdom 
difference around the world. I believe 
we need to expand the opportunities— 
and the capacity — to offer this same 
Christ-centered education, built on 
excellence, to more students in the 

coming years. 

Vision 2020 sets "brick and mortar" 
goals, the first of which is a new 

Bryan College alumni 

have a rich heritage of 

influencing our world 

for Christ... 

entrance from U.S. Highway 27 due 
to be completed by Homecoming 
2009. But the driving force behind the 
facilities is the expanded opportunities 
to be offered to students. 

"If we are going to realize our 
mission to make a significant difference 
in our world, we must have the 
finances and facilities to develop 
leading programs and provide unique 
educational opportunities," Dr. Livesay 
said. "We can be leaders in Christian 
higher education; we can realize the 
vision Mr. Bryan had in a significant 

One of the critical goals is to increase 
enrollment to 1,200 traditional and 600 
graduate and non- traditional students. 

"We believe 1,200 traditional 
students is the optimum number 

needed to continue to attract highly 
motivated students, offer a challenging 
curriculum, and maintain the close 
student-faculty relationships 
that are a hallmark of the 
Bryan experience. This number, 
enhanced by an increased 
endowment, will offer the 
financial stability necessary for the 
college's long-term strength and 
prosperity," Dr. Livesay said. 

A focal point of Vision 2020 
is the Bryan Institute (formerly 
Bryan Center) for Critical Thought and 
Practice. This umbrella organization 
will coordinate efforts of the Center 
for Origins Research (CORE), the 
Center for Leadership Studies, the 
Center for Worldview Studies, The 
William Jennings Bryan Center for 
Law and Public Policy, and the Center 
for International Development as well 
as affiliates Summit Ministries and 
Passing the Baton International. "We 
believe this will multiply students' 
opportunities for study, research, 
internships that include experience in 
other cultures, and the opportunity 
to be engaged in the creation and 
debate of public policy," Dr. Livesay 
said. The plan is focused on providing 
opportunities for students and 
increasing the college's visibility in the 
community and around the world. 

Major facility enhancements include 
the new entrance (see related 
story), a performing arts center, 
an athletics /convention center, 
an administration building, 
the William Jennings Bryan 
Center, the CORE museum 
and research center, residence 
halls, expansion of Rudd 
Auditorium, completion of 
Mercer Hall, and renovations 
to Latimer Student Center. 

"These facilities will 

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enable us to house programs and provide opportunities 
for our students to truly make a difference regionally and 
nationally" Dr. Livesay said. 

"Plans are to use the performing arts center for the 
debate team, musical performances including recitals, 

and theatrical performances. The William Jennings Bryan 
Center will provide the physical setting to study the life 
of Mr. Bryan and to do research on his contribution to the 
political and social culture of our nation. The Center and its 
outstanding faculty will provide opportunities for students 
to be involved in internships, research, and joining with 
other centers and institutes to influence governmental 
policies in such a way as to honor the teachings of Christ." 

Dr. Livesay emphasized that Vision 2020, while 
expectantly focused on the future and new opportunities, is 
firmly rooted in Bryan's heritage. 

"William Jennings Bryan was an extraordinary 
individual," he said. "He had a firm Christian faith 
which informed his political positions, strengthened him 
for struggles against seemingly overwhelming odds, 
and comforted him when things did not turn out as he 
had hoped. He communicated complex issues in an 
understandable manner and persevered when his positions 
were not adopted immediately. 

"When you look at his life, you see that he was a man of 
many interests. He worked tirelessly in the areas of biblical 
Christianity, government, politics, finance, communication, 
origins, education, international relations, consumer 
protection, and labor reform. Compare these to areas of 
study offered at Bryan College, and it is apparent that we 
have many programs that are in harmony with Mr. Bryan's 

"Vision 2020 is building on our distinctives and honors 
our namesake. Our programs and opportunities for 
our students recognize the significant contributions Mr. 
Bryan made to American life. These programs provide 
a framework to prepare students for lives of service that 
demonstrate, like Mr. Bryan did, what it looks like for 
Christians to engage their culture." 

New Entrance Timeline 

February 2002 ~ ARCADIS begins work on the conceptual 
plans and traffic study for the proposed new entrance. 

Spring 2002 _ ARCADIS and representatives from Bryan 
College/City of Dayton meet with the Tennessee 
Department of Transportation (TDOT) commissioner to 
request entrance access to U.S. 2 7. 

Summer 2002 - TDOT denies access to U.S. 27 on basis 
that TDOT cannot allow cutting of 'no-access' right-of-way 
(ROW) fence on U.S. 27. 

August 2003 - New TDOT commissioner approves 
proposed entrance connection to U.S. 27 with requirement 
that the intersection of Richland Street and U.S. 27 is closed 
and the 'no-access' ROW fence is extended across the 
former intersection. 

January 2004 _ ARCADIS begins field surveying and 
development of preliminary entrance road design plans. 

* May 2004 - ARCADIS submits land-use application to the 
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), requesting easement for 
entrance road to cross TVA-owned property adjacent to 
U.S. 27. 

Fall 2004 - TVA Board grants easement to Bryan College/ 
City of Dayton for crossing TVA-owned property. 

* Winter 2004 - ARCADIS begins completion of final 
construction plans for entrance road. 

February 2006 - Final construction plans submitted to 
TDOT for review and approval. TDOT provides comments 
and requested revisions. 

Spring 2006 - Bryan College puts entrance project on hold 
pending available funding. 

October 2008 - Bryan College receives donation from 
alumnus to fund proposed entrance. 

* October 2008 - ARCADIS begins work to address TDOT 
comments and finalize plans. 

Phase I of Entrance Road project scheduled to begin 
in February 2009. 

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Two Phases of Construction 

Groundbreaking for the first phase of Bryan's new 
entrance from U.S. 27 is planned for early February, 
President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay has announced. 

The first phase of construction will build the physical 
intersection with the state highway and provide the link to 
Richland Street, which runs at the base of Bryan Hill. The 
January ceremony will be a community celebration featuring 
local and state officials. A second groundbreaking, for the 
portion between Richland Street and campus, is planned 
for April, and will be focused on students and college 

Although the entrance has been a priority for some time, 
college officials decided not to begin construction until funds 
were in hand. Fund-raising efforts have been enhanced 
this year, but the decision to proceed came in October after 
alumnus Brett Landes, '82, pledged $1 million for the project 
during his visit to campus for homecoming. 

Additional funds raised through the alumni Lions project 
will be used to provide landscaping and other amenities 
along the half-mile drive. 

Dayton City Manager Frank Welch reminded city council 
members during their November meeting that as part of the 
agreement with the Tennessee Department of Transportation 
approving the entrance, the city will close the U.S. 27 
intersection with Richland Street, about a half mile north of 

the new entrance. Richland Street will be improved between 
Richland Street and the new entrance, and the new road will 
be the new access point replacing the one to be closed. 

Construction of the second phase of the project will begin 
after graduation in May and is to be completed in time for 
a dedication service during Homecoming 2009. Dr. Livesay 
explained that so much dirt will be moved from the hill 
north of the soccer field 
to the new roadway 
that normal campus 
activities, as well as 
student parking, 
would be disrupted 
if work were to be 
carried out during the 
school year. 

The second 
groundbreaking will 
be held April 17, 2009, 
when former presidential 
speechwriter Michael 
Gerson visits Bryan 
for a lecture at the 
William Jennings Bryan 
Opportunity Program 

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Prismtm^ f 

MBA atBryah 

On Dec. 19, the second cohort of 
Master's of Business Administration 
students received their degrees during 
Bryan's winter commencement. 

For the students, graduation was the 
culmination of an 18-month journey 
that challenged and equipped them to 
take increasingly responsible leader- 
ship positions in business and industry. 

For the college, this second gradua- 
tion — together with strong enrollment 
and interest in the program — was a 
reaffirmation that a three-year process 
to initiate the degree was worth the 

Beginning as a dream of President 
Livesay initiating a Master's degree 
was included in Bryan's strategic plan 
for 2004. 

"The strategic plan calls for 1,200 
traditional students and 600 adult stu- 
dents," Dean of Adult Studies Dr. Bob 
Andrews said. "To do that, we need 
three Master's programs plus Aspire, 
the degree completion program." 

More than simply adding numbers, 
a Master's of Business Administration 
program adds status and visibility 
to the college in addition to offering 
graduates to the community with both 
skills and an appreciation for ethics 
that many see are so needed in today's 
business world. 

"We wanted to enhance the status 

of the institution," Dr. 
Andrews said. "The 
MBA put us on the 
map in Chattanooga 
in places we've never 
been. We are recruit- 
ing students from 
major industries and 
businesses in Chatta- 

Graduates value 
the education they 
received. For some, 
like Ted Draper, a 
member of the first 
MBA cohort, the 
degree opened the 
possibility of moving 
into a senior adminis- 
trative position with 
a mission-sending 

organization in Kansas City, Mo. For 
others, like Marilyn Cheney, executive 
director of patient financial services for 
a hospital system in Chattanooga, the 
MBA offered the opportunity to grow 
as a leader. 

Getting to the point of accepting 
students into the program was almost 
a full-time job for Dr. Andrews and 
Dr. Ken Froemke, Bryan's accredita- 
tion liaison with the Commission on 
Colleges of the Southern Association of 
Colleges and Schools. 

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"From fall of 2004 to March 2005, we 
put the proposal through the academic 
cycle," Dr. Andrews explained. Ap- 
proval by the Bryan faculty passed the 
project into the hands of the Southern 
Association. Bryan was required to 
submit a detailed summary of the 
program, courses, and faculty qualifi- 

"The Southern Association has 
about 75 principles of accredita- 
tion Bryan must meet for its general 
accreditation, but for the graduate 
program we had to address only 21 of 
those," Dr. Froemke said. "We had to 
narrate and document how we are in 
compliance with those principles. For 
example, how is this program support- 
ed by the college mission statement? 
Are there enough full-time faculty with 
the right credentials to support the new 
program?" Once the program was ap- 
proved in December 2005, the college 
began recruiting students to begin class 
in September 2006. 

The start of classes, however, didn't 
complete the accreditation process. A 
team of professors and administrators 
representing the Southern Association 
came to Chattanooga, where the MBA 
program is headquartered, in February 

2007, to complete an on-site evaluation. 

Dr. Froemke remembers the visiting 
team surprised Bryan officials by com- 
pleting their work early. 

"It was planned for a three-day 
evaluation, but they left after the first 
day, satisfied that we had met the 
criteria, " he said. "Bob (Andrews) and 
I were sitting at a basketball game 
after the first day of the visit when Ray 
Smith (Dr. Ray Smith, then-director of 

the program) text messaged Bob saying 
the committee wanted to meet with 
Dr. Livesay and us the next morning, 
that they were leaving. We thought 
they were going to tell us something 
was wrong and there was no need to 
go further. Instead, they told us we had 
documented everything sufficiently, 
that they didn't need to see anything 
else, and they had only two recommen- 
dations about faculty credentials and 


"I've been through three site visits 
at Bryan and on three visiting teams 
and I've never see anything like that 

The college learned in December 
that the Southern Association has fully 
approved the MBA program. 

"That means we will not have to 
schedule another site visit until 2014," 
Dr. Froemke said. 

Business with a hiblical worldview 

Ted 'Draper 


A solid foundation with some professional "stretching" in 
Bryan's MBA program gave Ted Draper the tools needed to 
accomplish professional goals that otherwise seemed out of 

Mr. Draper, one of the first MBA graduates, serves as 
director of public relations and media for Avant Ministries, 
a non-denominational international missions agency in 
Kansas City, Mo. Although he had an undergraduate degree 
emphasizing public relations, he said he realized he needed 
more business education to move into areas he desired. 

"I spent the two years before starting the MBA in China," 
he said. "I realized to be globally competitive I needed 
an MBA. I debated taking an MBA and seminary courses 
because I wanted to fuse my faith with business. Bryan's 
program combined a biblical worldview with business, 
which was what I wanted." 

He and his wife returned from China at the end of May; 
he started a job at Covenant Transport, a Chattanooga 
trucking company, as a marketing analyst in June; his first 
daughter was born in July, and he began the MBA program 
in August. "It was a crazy schedule," he said. "But once I 
started the program, I enjoyed the fact that there was a defi- 
nite end in sight. I knew I could schedule around things and 
not take five years to complete. I was with the same group of 
people instead of changing classes, so that was more like a 
work environment." 

The non-traditional weekend class meetings made the 
program convenient. "The schedule was great. I could be 
home in the evenings and could schedule my Saturdays. It 
didn't interfere with work; I wasn't trying to leave work, 

fighting traffic to get to class, and getting home late. Meet- 
ing every other Saturday allowed me to easily schedule my 
professional workload, educational workload, and time for 
other things." 

He found some classes he enjoyed more than others, but 
faced the less favorite sessions with the attitude that "what 
you put into a project is what you get out of it. I was attend- 
ing to gain knowledge in an area that I was not proficient. 
As I sat through classes on something I didn't understand, I 
knew I would need the information." 

Mr. Draper said he appreciated the fact that there were 
no surprises once the program began. "When you go to 
orientation you get a schedule; you know you're going into 
an MBA program to be pushed. Being challenged is part of 
an advanced degree. With the calendar and course work laid 
out in front of me, I didn't feel like there were any surprises. 
They seemed so very up front about everything," he said. 

His Master's degree helped open the door to his present 
job with Avant Ministries, as the mission preferred the new 
director hold an MBA. 

"I couldn't say enough good things about the program," 
he said. "There is a solid biblical foundation. That's some- 
thing Bryan does very well at the undergraduate and gradu- 
ate level. They're not going to push you in a certain way, but 
they will challenge you to examine the ramifications of a 

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Bryan hdys oym doors 

Opening new possibilities is one of the benefits Marilyn 
Chaney found in completing her MBA at Bryan College. 

In addition to her MBA, Mrs. Chaney completed her 
Bachelor's degree through Bryan's Aspire program, a move 
that led directly to her graduate studies. "Dr. (Bob) Andrews 
was developing the MBA program while I was in his Aspire 
class/ 7 she explained. "I told him I wanted to be in the first 
MBA class." 

Finishing her undergraduate degree completed years of 
part-time schooling as she worked in the health care indus- 
try. In 1998, she returned to Chattanooga from Knoxville 
to work with Parkridge Health System. In 2001, she began 
working with Memorial Health Care System, and serves to- 
day as executive director of patient financial services. "After 
I came to Memorial and got things settled, I felt it was time 
to go back to school," she said. 

To that point in her career, she had been able to advance 
in responsibilities because of her experience and proven 

abilities. "A few years ago, Memorial was hiring an execu- 
tive level position, and we had what I thought was the per- 
fect candidate," she said. "This position preferred a Masters 
degree, but at a minimum required a Bachelor's degree. The 
light came on for me, that I could be held back without a 

That revelation spurred her on to earn her undergraduate 
degree, and later to enter the MBA program. 

Going to school while working is "a big commitment, but 
it's not impossible," she said. "My whole life is very orga- 
nized; I did not do anything that was not planned. I would 
go to work, come home and study. My mother lives several 
hours away, and I would schedule visits on weekends when 
we didn't have class. I'd read on the way, while my husband 

Both the Aspire and MBA programs were stretching ex- 
periences for her, but Mrs. Chaney said the experience was 
valuable. "The hardest part of Aspire and the MBA for me 
was the group projects. It was hard to rely on other people to 
accomplish a goal. Personally, I'd rather do it all myself, but 
in the real world you have to work with other people. That 
was one of the most valuable lessons, to work with other 
people, to try other approaches to get things done." 

One benefit was somewhat unexpected. "During a recent 
performance review, my leader said that my experience, fin- 
ishing my education and going through the MBA program 
has helped me grow as a leader." 

Mrs. Chaney is a firm believer in the Bryan MBA pro- 
gram, and uses her experience in both the MBA and Aspire 
programs to encourage friends to complete their education. 
And her experience has whetted her appetite for more. 

"Taking the MBA started out almost as a joke, but now 
I'm thinking about a Ph.D. The only problem is that there 
are no schools around here that focus on what I want, and I 
really don't want to relocate." 

MBA Timeline 

Late 2003 - Idea for the MBA program 

Spring 2004 - Faculty begins designing 
program, courses, standards, etc. 

Spring 2005 _ Southern Association of 
Colleges and Schools notified of plans for 
the MBA 

Spring 2005 - Dr. Ray Smith, first MBA 
director, hired 

December 2005 - SACS approves the MBA 

September 2006 - First MBA class enrolls 

February 2007 - SACS site visit to review 

For more information about the MBA program, including enrollment requirements and 
deadlines, contact Adina Scruggs at or 423-634-1 114. 

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Uv and Away! 

Students in Dr. Stephen Barnett' s 
weather studies class traded the 
warmth of a lab for the cold, rainy 
outdoors in mid-November to gain 
hands-on experience with atmospheric 

Dr. Barnett said the class launched 
a high-altitude research balloon to 
take a variety of measurements and to 
capture video images as it ascended 
to some 85,000 feet and traveled more 
than 130 miles before landing in a 
remote area in Southwest Virginia, 35 
miles northwest of Kingsport, Tenn. 
Wind speeds in excess of 175 mph were 
recorded by instruments in the bal- 
loon's data pods. 

'This was part of a National Science 
Foundation (NSF) initiative to increase 
interest in science, technology, engi- 
neering, and mathematics/' he said. 
"The students, who are not science ma- 
jors, were learning the whole scientific 
process, forming a hypothesis, design- 
ing and performing an experiment, 

then interpreting the data." 

Sophomore communication studies 
major Josh Davis said the project did 
pique his interest in science, at least 
weather science, but said Dr. Barnett's 
enthusiasm is even more infectious. 
"His presentation does something for 
me," he said. "The balloon experiment 
showed me a usable aspect of taking 
science and making it ours. Ordinarily 
I have little interest in studying humid- 
ity in the atmosphere. But getting to 
see it in action was very cool. If I'm free 
next semester, I want to do it again." 

Dr. Barnett was invited to par- 
ticipate in the project beginning with 
a workshop this past summer at 
Taylor University. Taylor also sent two 
researchers from their educational 
psychology department to evaluate the 
effectiveness of the ballooning project 
in science education. 

Conditions deteriorated the day of 
the launch, in more ways than one. 
"Our predictive tracking software 
crashed, so we had to work from what 
was predicted the day before," Dr. 
Barnett explained. Because they did 
not have current data, the landing site 
was more than 50 miles away from the 
predicted point. "We had such thick 
clouds and turbulence that the track- 
ing equipment lost contact with the 
balloon several times. The winds were 
so strong aloft that one instrument 

pod was destroyed. That had never 
happened in scores of launches that the 
Taylor group had been involved in." 

Kesse Robinson, a sophomore Eng- 
lish/education major, said she learned 
something of a life lesson, not just 
science, because of the experiment. "I 
learned that preparing ahead of time, 
especially for mistakes, is essential, and 
that when something goes wrong, hav- 
ing a bad attitude won't help, while a 
good attitude makes the whole project 

The science department "invested a 
substantial sum in equipment," buying 
cameras, radios, and meteorological 
instruments which — except for those 
unexpectedly lost — can be reused in 
subsequent experiments. "It's like rock- 
et science, only cheaper," Dr. Barnett 
said. In addition to the initial invest- 
ment, each launch costs between $300 
and $400, with most of the expense for 
helium and the balloon, which bursts 
at the peak of its ascent. 

In the spring, Bryan students expect 
to participate in HALO-2, a collab- 
orative high-altitude research project, 
with several universities across the 
United States. Multiple balloons will 
be launched simultaneously to test 
prototype emergency communication 
networks and to sample the uppermost 
atmosphere over a very wide area. 

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In it for the long haul 

The "long haul" for a college education has a different 
meaning for a member of Bryan's December graduating 
class - thousands of miles different. 

Chris Young, a psychology major from Campaign, 
Tenn., near McMinnville, has spent the past seven semes- 
ters driving 75 miles one way to class, almost every day, 
to earn his degree. 

"He's responsible," said Dr. Steve Bradshaw, professor 
of psychology. "Students on campus often roll out of the 
dorm and get to class late. He usually is here before me. 

"He has been a really good student and has done really 
well. He scored the highest on the Educational Testing 
Service competency exam this year." 

In addition to the miles, it took Chris several more 
years than usual to earn the B.A. in Psychology degree. 
After graduating from high school, he went to work in a 
factory and took an occasional college class along the way. 
He also married and became the father of two daughters. 

"I had a good job, with good pay and benefits, but the 
factory closed," he explained. "Part of the severance package 
was that they would pay for tuition and books for people 
who wanted to go to school. This was an opportunity for me 
to do something I'd always wanted to do." 

Since he graduated from high school in 1988, he had 
worked as a youth minister in churches in his community 
and developed a concern for youth in crisis situations. 

"I live only 25 minutes from Tennessee Tech, but I wanted 
to go to a Christian school," he said. "I wanted Christian 
integration with my major, and I wanted a minor in Bible. I 
was interested in Bryan because of the Christian influence 
and the motto 'Christ Above All/" 

Despite the fact that few "non-traditional" students like 
him enroll in the traditional program, "it has been a really 
good experience," he said. "The adjustment wasn't easy; I 
hadn't been a great student in high school, but I loved this. I 
love to learn." 

In addition to the academic challenge, his family had to 
make some adjustments as well. "Being a dad, husband, and 
full-time student has been hard for the family," he said. "It 
has been a struggle for our youngest daughter because Dad 
hasn't been as attentive or available as he used to be." 

There were financial challenges as well. "Our intention 
was for me to work, but that didn't last long. I couldn't do 
a real job and this," he said. "My wife works as a registered 
nurse in Murfreesboro, and I've worked summer jobs. We've 
been conservative with our money over the years, so we 
knew we could survive on what my wife makes." 

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With graduation behind him, Chris is ready to get back 
into the workforce, but more education remains a goal. "I'm 
looking at a number of companies," he said. "One of them 
will help with graduate school. That's my goal." 

With his goal to counsel troubled teens, he said more 
education is needed, but the goal is within reach. "He cer- 
tainly has a burden for that," Dr. Bradshaw said. "I think he 
could do a lot of good modeling what it means to be a man, 
particularly for boys." 

And if his persistence over the past seven semesters is any 
indication, the next part of Chris's educational journey won't 
be quite as long as the one he has just completed. 

Happy 1 00th, 

Coach Leo Sayles earned his 100th win at Bryan 
College Nov. 15, with a 3-0 victory over Montreat 
during the Appalachian Athletic Conference 
tournament. Coach Sayles has been at Bryan five 
years and has compiled a 100-79 record. 

"Coach Sayles has done a marvelous job on and 
off the court," Athletics Director Dr. Sandy Zensen 
said. "He has developed a well-respected and 
highly competitive program, making a commitment 
to excellence the standard for the entire athletic 
department here at Bryan College." 

Sayles' teams have reached the conference 
semifinals for three straight years, and finished 
second last year. In 2006, Coach Sayles received 
the 2006 AAC Coach of the Year honor. In 2007, 
the Lady Lions advanced to the NCCAA national 

Bryan Pianists Sweey Competition 

Bryan piano students swept top honors during the fall 
Tennessee Music Teachers Association state competition in 

Kimberly McKennett, a junior piano pedagogy major 
from Port Alworth, Alaska, won the competition. A year ago, 
she received honorable mention in the contest. 

Natalie McGehee, a sophomore piano pedagogy major 
from Rustin, La., was runner-up, and her sister, Brittany, a 
senior piano pedagogy major, earned honorable mention. 

Also competing was Molly Gehring, a senior piano 
pedagogy major from Marietta, Ga., who received a superior 

All four competitors from Bryan qualified for the 
state competition by receiving superior ratings at the 
local competition last spring in Chattanooga. The local 
competition was run by the Chattanooga Music Teachers 
Association, an affiliate of TMTA. The state competition 
was held at Tennessee State University in Nashville, and 
included 10 finalists from colleges and universities across the 

Pictured from left are Molly Gehring, Brittany McGehee, 
Natalie McGehee, and Kimberly McKennett. 

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Pettus Establishes Scholarship 

A new scholarship will honor the donors' parents and 
help minority students attend Bryan, President Stephen 
Livesay has announced. 

Robert and Marilyn Pettus of Charlotte, N.C., have cre- 
ated the Robert D. and Nellie J. Pettus /E.C. and Mary T. 
Holiday Scholarship in honor of their parents. The scholar- 
ship is designed to assist students who are Native American 
or bi-racial to attend Bryan. Mr. Pettus is a member of the 
Class of 1967. 

In announcing the gift, Dr. Livesay said, "Someone made 
it possible for Bob to come to Bryan. Now it has come full 
circle/ 7 

Mr. Pettus told students during a chapel service in 
October that he had not planned to attend college. However, 
former Bryan trustee Mark Senter, Jr., offered a half -tuition 
scholarship, which "my father 'encouraged' me to accept. 
Bryan has meant a great deal to me. I hope you understand 
and appreciate what you have here." 

Mr. Pettus is retired executive vice president of Coca-Cola 
Consolidated in Charlotte, N.C., and former vice chairman 

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of the company's board of directors. He remains active 
in many ministries in the Charlotte area and is a featured 
speaker to many business men's groups throughout the 

A Gift from La-Z-Boy 

President Livesay, left, accepts a check from La-Z-Boy Tennessee Vice 
President Darrell Edwards as La-Z-Boy Human Resources Director 
Janet Earnhardt looks on. The La-Z-Boy Foundation made the gift to 
cover the cost of furniture for the Spiritual Formation Department on 
the third floor of the Latimer Student Center. 

Human Trafficking Conference 


Bryan College students will 
move beyond information to ac- 
tive responses to the scourge of 
human trafficking as they present 
their third conference on the prob- 
lem Jan. 23-25, 2009. 

Dr. Ron Petitte, director of the 
Center for International Leader- 
ship and faculty advisor for the conference, said the focus 
this year is reflected in the title: "Criminal Justice Response 
to Human Trafficking." 

"Journalist Christine Dolan has been here twice and our 
students have been briefed extensively on the problem; the 
facts are readily available," he said. "There are some very 
pragmatic street-level responses to this problem, and that's 
what the conference will address this time." 

Representatives from the U.S. State Department and 
Department of Justice, Great Britain's Scotland Yard, and 

International Justice Mission have been invited to partici- 
pate. "This is an international problem," Dr. Petitte said. 
"There is a problem in the U.S., but it is magnified beyond 
our borders." 

Tentative plans call for the State Department representa- 
tive to speak on Friday, with other representatives to speak 
at plenary sessions on Saturday and a chapel service on 
Sunday. Bryan students who have researched aspects of the 
problem will lead break-out sessions on Saturday, as well as 
late-night prayer services during the conference. 

"If students feel passionately enough about this issue, 
there are agencies into which they can inject their energies," 
Dr. Petitte said. "There is training needed in many cases be- 
cause you can't just step up to a street corner and do battle; 
you could lose your life very quickly. This conference is 
designed to help students understand areas where they can 
become involved and become familiar with what they need 
to do to fight this good fight." 

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// T wish for a college that would present Christ first." 
I William Jennings Bryan had a long list of wishes, 
many of which, like his dream of a college 
dedicated to honoring Christ above all, did not come to 
fruition until after his death. But his accomplishments and 
influence on American life in the late 19th and early 20th 
centuries earned Bryan a ranking among the most influential 
individuals in American history. 

Michael Kazin, author of the 2006 biography A Godly 
Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan, offers this summation 
of Bryan's place in American life: 

His record was impressive, particularly for someone who 
held no office during most of his career. Starting with the 
campaign of 1896, the Democrats ceased being the more 
conservative of the two major parties — with the fateful 
exception of their support for Jim Crow. Bryan was the 
leading proponent of three constitutional amendments — 
for the income tax, the popular election of senators, and 
prohibition. He also did much to place on the national 
agenda a variety of other significant reforms: insured 
bank deposits, government-owned railroads, publicly 
financed campaigns, and a reliable method for preventing 
war. None of these became law during his lifetime — he 
had better luck with statewide curbs on the teaching of 
Darwinism. But it was certainly not for lack of promotion 
or resolve. "With the exception of the men who have 
occupied the White House," wrote William Gibbs 
McAdoo in 1931, "Bryan. . .had more to do with the 
shaping of the public policies of the last forty years than 
any other American citizen" (Kazin 304). 

Underlying and compelling his progressive spirit was 
a deep faith in Christ and a belief in the ability of ordinary 
men and women to choose what is best for the nation. In his 
autobiography, completed after his death by his wife Mary, 
Bryan said, "At the age of fourteen I became a member of 
the Church, as the result of a spiritual awakening that took 
place in the little town in which I was born. It has had more 
influence in my life for good than any other experience, 
and I have been increasingly grateful for the circumstances 
that led me to take a stand on religion before I left home for 
college" (Bryan 11). 

It is equally apparent that Bryan, born in rural Salem, 
111., March 19, 1860, propounded values inherited from his 
parents, Silas and Mariah Jennings Bryan. Paul W Glad, 
who edited William Jennings Bryan: A Profile, said: 

The values he struggled to 
uphold were values derived 
from the milieu of his youth. 
From his parents he received 
training in the evangelical 
Protestantism that was to 
shape much of his political 
thinking, and from them 
he first imbibed 
the moralist 
of nineteenth- 
century America. Attaining prominence in an era when 
most of the American population was rural, the 
Commoner always assumed that his values were those of 
the majority. He never doubted that he could trust the 
people to being about change consistent with the moral 
and religious convictions he regarded as eternal verities — 
provided, of course, that the people were left free and 
unintimidated (Glad viii). 

Little wonder, then, that he was called the Great 

But simply championing causes is not enough to ensure 
greatness. Bryan had the ability to present complex issues 
in easily understood language and encourage individuals to 
join him in fighting for a principle: "That is a quality absent 
among our recent leaders, for all their promise to leave no 
man, woman, or child behind. Bryan's sincerity, warmth, 
and passion for a better world won the hearts of people who 
cared for no other public figure in his day" (Kazin 306). 

By the time he was elected to Congress in 1891, Bryan 
had begun to mature as a public speaker, impressing both 
political friends and foes alike with his abilities. Five years 
later he delivered what has been called "the most dramatic 
address in American political history" (Cornelius 9), "The 
Cross of Gold," at the Democratic National Convention 
in Chicago. The next day, he received the first of three 
nominations for president. 

But by his own words, Bryan was more interested in 
"religious" topics. In "The Prince of Peace," he said: 

I offer no apology for writing upon a religious theme, for 
it is the most universal of all themes. I am interested 
in the science of government, but I am more interested in 
religion than in government. I feel sure of my ground 
when I make a political speech, but I feel even more 

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certain of my ground when I make a religious speech. 
Government affects but a part of the life which we live 
here and does not deal at all with the life beyond, while 
religion touches the infinite circle of existence as well as 
the small arc of that circle which we spend on earth. No 
greater theme, therefore, can engage our attention. 

Michael Kazin observes of Bryan's activity on the 
Chautauqua circuit: 

Beginning in 1904 [the year Bryan wrote "The Prince of 
Peace], he spent the better part of twenty summers as 
the star attraction on the week-long programs that 
edified, titillated, and amused millions of Americans who 
seldom had access to a big-city theater or lecture hall. His 
appeal was extraordinary for both its zeal and its 
longevity. One entrepreneur testified that Bryan was good 
for "forty acres of parked Fords, anywhere, at any time of 
the day or night." 

In his essay "Bryan: The Progressive, Part I," John A. 
Garraty writes that Bryan was comfortable mixing religion 
and politics because "[t]he premise from which Bryan 
argued was that social problems are essentially moral — that 
is to say, religious." He continues, "It was inconceivable that 
the hardworking, Bible-reading citizenry should be inferior 
in moral insight to the cynical financiers of the Eastern cities. 
Because they were, as Bryan saw it, better people, they were 
better moralists, and hence better economists." 

Paul Glad concludes his introduction to essays profiling 
Bryan, including Garraty 7 s cited above, in these words: 

On the whole, then, the essays reveal the limitations of 
nineteenth-century agrarianism in a twentieth-century 
industrial society, but they do not denigrate the entire 
world view that Bryan represented. There was, after all, 

much of permanent value in that view: a recognition 
of human rights; a faith in democracy that was the 
positive side of a hatred of privilege; a conviction that 
love and peace not only benefit society more than hatred 
and war but are the surest avenues to liberty and justice 
for all. 

Bryan's death in Dayton on July 26, 1925, spurred 
establishment of the William Jennings Bryan University 
five years later as a memorial to the Great Commoner and 
opened a field of inquiry into his life and contributions 
that continues today. In future editions of Bryan Life, we 
will examine some of the accomplishments of this most 
significant of Americans. 

For further study: 

Bryan, William J., and Mary Baird Bryan. The Memoirs of 
William Jennings Bryan. Chicago: The John C. Winston Co., 

Cornelius, R.M., ed. Selected Orations of William Jennings 
Bryan: 75th Anniversary Edition. Dayton, Bryan College, 2000. 

Glad, Paul W., ed. William Jennings Bryan: A Profile. New 
York: Hill and Wang, 1969. 

Kazin, Michael. A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings 
Bryan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. 

Olson, LaDonna Robinson. Legacy of Faith: The Story of Bryan 
College. Hayesville, NC: Schoettle Publishing Co., Inc, 1995. 

The Atlantic. December 2006. 

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Mr. Luke Hathaway has been 
promoted from helpdesk technician 
to I.T. Services computer technician. 
Mr. Matt Meloncon, a 2008 computer 
science graduate, has been hired as the 
new helpdesk technician. 

Mrs. Kim Keck passed her 
comprehensive examinations in her 
doctoral program in September. 

Dr. Bill Ketchersid has had an 

article published in Tennessee Historical 
Quarterly (Summer 2008), titled 
"Major Campbell Wallace: Southern 
Railroad Leader." 

Dr. Ray Legg presented a paper 
at the 32nd annual Colloquium on 
Literature and Film at West Virginia 
University in September. His paper 
was titled "Revisiting the Past: 
Marginalization and Rejection in Two 
Versions of Their Eyes Were Watching 
God by Zora Neale Hurston." 

Dr. David Luther presented choral 
workshops in Charleston, S.C., in 
August and in East Ridge, Tenn., in 

Dr. Sigrid Luther attended the 
Tennessee Music Teachers Association 
conference in June and the Dennis 
Alexander Piano Workshop in 
Chattanooga in August. She 
performed as a guest left hand artist at 
the World Piano Pedagogy conference 
in Dallas, Texas, in October. Dr. Luther 
also will be listed in the 2009 edition 
of Who's Who in America. 

Dr. Jeff Myers delivered a Passing 
the Baton workshop in Warsaw, 
Poland in September. In October, 
he hosted a Wisdom Trek leader 
development retreat in Rome, Ga. 

He was the keynote speaker and 
presented workshops at the annual 
ACSI convention in Seattle, Wash., in 

Dr. Dwight Page is editor of the 

Swiss- American Historical Review, 
which is published three times a year, 
and represented Bryan College at the 
annual meeting of the Swiss-American 
Historical Society in Philadelphia in 
October. The Review will be published 
jointly by Bryan, the Swiss- American 
Historical Society, and the Embassy of 
Switzerland in Washington, D.C. 

Mr. Christian Pendergrass has 

been hired as a general grounds and 
fleet worker. 

Dr. Drew Randle was the 

commencement speaker at the Curtis 
Baptist School graduation in Augusta, 
Ga., in June. He and Dr. Scott Jones 
taught several biblical foundation 
sessions for a youth camp at Bryan, 
and he preached at Grace Bible 
Church in Dayton in July. 

Mr. Earl Reed, Mr. James Sullivan, 
and Mr. Luke Hathaway made 
presentations at the Appalachian 
College Association Summit XI in 
Abingdon, Va., in October. 

Dr. Roger Sanders and student 
Jeremy Blaschke co-authored an 
abstract and poster that Dr. Sanders 
presented at Botany 2008, the 
annual American and Canadian 
botanical conference, in Vancouver, 
British Columbia, in July. The 
presentation was titled "The Origin 
and Diversification of Scalesia (tree 
sunflowers) in the Galapagos Islands." 

Dr. Mel Wilhoit's article, "R.E. 

Winsett Music Company: A Case 
Study in Ma and Pa Publishing OR 
The Growth of Grassroots Gospel," 
was published in the Festschrit 
Hymnology in the Service of the 
Church in Honor of Dr. Harry Eskew 
(Morningstar Pub., 2008). He also sang 
with the Chattanooga Symphony's 
chorus in September when the 
orchestra presented Beethoven's 
Ninth Symphony. 

The whole Christian Studies faculty 
attended the national Evangelical 
Theological Society meeting in 
November in Providence, R.I. Faculty 
members presented the following 
academic papers: Dr. Jud Davis, "Acts 
2 and the OT: The Pentecost Event in 
Light of Sinai, Babel, and the Table 
of Nations;" Dr. Doug Kennard, 
"Instances of Covenant Nomism in 
Second Temple Judaisms;" and Dr. 
Ken Turner, "Moses on the New 
Perspective: Does Deuteronomy Teach 
Covenant Nomism?" 

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Sometimes Bryan seems 100 years ago and 10,000 miles 
away - but every spring when the dogwood blooms, I go 
back in my mind to that hilltop campus in the beautiful Ten- 
nessee hills. To my good roommates, to Dr. Batson's classes 
(only she was Miss Batson then), to my freshman year when 
I met one of the loves of my life, and to all the excitement of 
being away from home with very little money. 

I ask myself what was the best thing for me at Bryan in 
those days - and I still don't have an absolute answer. How 
can I compare working as a waitress and a third-hour expe- 
diter in the kitchen with studying for lit exams with Helen 
Hillegas and then racing each other out of those exams? Or 
going to my CSA class at Carp School out in the hills with 
playing speedball on Monday afternoons? Or even walking 
around the Triangle on Thursday evening date-night with 
the fun of little group discussions in the dorm? 

Bryan was many things to many people, and to me it 
was a place of learning and loving; learning to use my time, 
to prioritize my activities, to live with disappointment, to 
formulate a philosophy of life, to realize that "Christ Above 

By Audrey Mayer, '54 

All" is more than just a college motto. Loving people from 
all over the country who became good friends, loving those 
lit classes that brought out the best in us as students, loving 
to drop into bed at night after a too-long and too-busy day. . . 
There were so many things to learn and so many to love. 

I've visited Bryan as it is now - and it's moved onward 
and upward in a wonderful way. But I don't regret that I 
went there in the old days when the dining room meals were 
family style, the young men shoveled coal into the furnace 
that heated the admin /dorm building, we had a class-free 
day to clean up the campus every fall, and there were hardly 
10 student cars besides those at Trailerville. 

I'm remembering Bryan - with a smile and gratitude to 
the Lord, plus happy memories of a lot of people who were 
there with me. 

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1. Alumni enjoyed 
departmental reunions 
during lunch in Brock Hall. 

2. Monique Pierce 
Cocanougherand Bill 
Hilbrands greet each other 
at the Class of 1983 25th 
anniversary dinner. 

4. Soccer teammates, from left, Skip Cline, '77; Jerry Cline, Luke Ger- 
mann, and Mike Hathaway, all '78; and Brian Schrauger, '77, recon- 
nect at the alumni awards dinner. 

5. Soccer Coach Sandy Zensen, right, gives instruction to former 
players John Jarvis, '02x, and Brian Eisenback, '02, before the alumni 
soccer game. 

6. Three alumni were honored at a book signing during registration 
for Homecoming on Friday. Pictured, from left, are Rachel Newman, 
daughter of Debi Bowles Newman, '83, co-author with her mother; 
Dr. Newman; Jackie Griffin Perseghetti, '82; and Kari Ballentine, '91. 

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1. Tommy Anglea, '84, waits for the pitch during the home run 
derby Friday night. 

2. Members of the Lions' NCCAA District Championship baseball 
team were recognized at the alumni awards banquet Saturday 
night. From left are Kevin DeLaney, '84; Doug Meyers, '85; Tommy 
Anglea, '84; and Rick Heasley, '83. 

3. Doug Meyers, '85; Scott Hunt, '86; and Tommy Anglea, '84, enjoy 
watching the alumni baseball game on Saturday. 

4. Five-year classes gathered on Friday night for a meal in Brock 
Hall, while the Class of 1983 held its 25th anniversary reunion 
dinner in the library. 

5. Dr. John Anderson, 73H, and his son, John D., '69, watch 
as festivities get underway during My Big Fat Greet Luncheon 
honoring Dr. Anderson's years of service to Bryan. 

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1. Rachel Crumpler Williams, left, and Brenda Nollmeyer 
Pegg, right, both '98, introduce their children to each other 
during the departmental luncheon on Saturday. 

2. Eric McEachron and Kim Woody were crowned 
Homecoming King and Queen during ceremonies at halftime 
of the soccer game Saturday. 

3. Matt Landes, '83, Bryan's all-time leader for assists in 
basketball, was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame 
during the alumni awards dinner Saturday. 

4. David Willson, '90, a three-time NCCAA Ail-American 
soccer player, was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame by 
Dr. Sandy Zensen. 

5. Maj. Gen. Mastin Robeson, '76, and Nancy Robeson, 
'74, were named Alumni of the Year. Alumni Director 
David Tromanhauser, right, made the presentation at Gen. 
Robeson's office at Camp Lejeune. 

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1. Linda Jacobsen Roddy, '72, and Terryl 
Roddy, '70x, fix their sundaes at the ballpark 
Friday night. 

2. Bryan Trustee Jerry Cline, '78; Brett Landes, 
'82; Mike Smith, '82; and Matt Landes, '83, 
pause for a picture during the alumni golf 
tournament on Friday. 

3. Alumni Director David Tromanhauser 
presents Dr. Livesay a special medal and cap 
from Alumnus of the Year Mastin Robeson 
during the alumni awards dinner Saturday. 

Gerson featured at WJB Opportunity hanquet 

Michael Gerson, former speechwriter and assistant to 
President George W. Bush, will be the featured speaker for 
Bryan's second William Jennings Bryan Opportunity Pro- 
gram dinner April 16, 2009. 

Proceeds from the dinner support the William Jennings 
Bryan Opportunity Program, which provides financial aid 
to help deserving students from low-income families attend 
Bryan College. Some 30 students are enrolled at the college 
this year as a result of assistance through the program. 

Steve Keck, director of advancement, said the dinner will 
be held at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo beginning at 6 p.m. 
College personnel are inviting interested persons to support 
the program and the dinner. For information, contact Mr. 
Keck at 423-775-7581. 

Mr. Gerson, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign 

Relations and columnist 
for The Washington Post, 
worked closely with 
President Bush to prepare 
speeches following the 
events of Sept. 11, 2001, 
and the unfolding War on 
Terror. He is recognized 
as one of the key intellec- 
tual architects of the Bush 
presidency, particularly 
on issues of compassion- 
ate conservatism at home 
and the freedom agenda 

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An invitation to a Christmas concert made a friend for 
Bryan College, and Bryan has responded by providing an 
investment that increased his retirement income. 

Jude Thibault, who retired to Crossville, Tenn., nearly 20 
years ago, has come to appreciate the Christian education 
offered at Bryan, as well as the advantages of a charitable 
gift annuity. 

Mr. Thibault said a friend in Crossville, some 40 miles 
from Dayton, invited him to a Christmas concert in 1990. He 
accepted the offer and paid close attention as he visited the 
campus. "I'm a pretty good observer/ 7 he said. "I look and 
listen. What I saw I liked. 

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"I observed the behavior of the students and the teachers, 
how things were presented. That gave me the impression 
that things were done well. It reflected the Christian teach- 
ing I was brought up in." 

Although he moved to Tennessee after retiring in Con- 
necticut, he couldn't stay idle and opened a recreational 
vehicle repair business in 1990. "I started as a 'shade tree' 
mechanic, built a shop (near Interstate 40) and within a 
month I had 15 RVs in the yard to repair," he said. The busi- 
ness prospered until his wife, who also worked as office and 
business manager, passed away in 1996. 

Two years later his business was in debt and without 
cash. "I laid off my shop manager, let people know I was 
back managing the shop, and business picked up again. I 
paid off the debt and December 1999, made an attempt to 
retire and closed the shop." 

But, again, retirement didn't "take" and Mr. Thibault 
signed on as a truck driver for Averitt Express, driving cross 
country for five years. "That was the best therapy for me. I 
really enjoyed it, but it's a tough life." When he turned 69 in 
February 2006, he determined to call it quits so he retired. 

In 2006, he attended another Christmas concert at Bryan 
and decided it was time to do more than just enjoy the 

Over the years, Planned Giving Director Jim Barth had 
talked with Mr. Thibault about various estate planning op- 
tions. "He had a commercial annuity," Mr. Barth explained, 

"and we showed him how a charitable gift annuity could 
increase his income, reduce his taxes, and benefit Bryan. He 
liked that idea." 

Mr. Thibault said at the appropriate time for him he 
decided to convert his commercial annuity to a Bryan chari- 
table gift annuity. "By taking out an annuity with Bryan, it 
eventually benefits students, doing something to help them 
get a Christian education and at the same time giving me a 
deduction I can use to reduce my taxes as well as a good re- 
turn. Many other annuities, when you pass on, the company 
keeps the principal. Now when I go, the money will serve a 
good cause. This helps young folk who otherwise may not 
be able to have that opportunity to attend Bryan College." 

For more information about charitable gift 
annuities or other planned giving opportuni- 
ties, contact Mr. Barth at 
or call 423-775-7280. 

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Copyright © 2008 Bryan College 

Jennifer and Bryan Waites 

RON MORREN, '64, has been 
awarded a Fulbright grant to teach 
in the English as a Second Language 
department of Bluefields Indian and 
Caribbean University in Bluefields, 
Nicaragua, beginning in February 2009. 
For more than 30 years, Ron and his 
wife, DIANE (PECK), '64x, have been 
members of Wycliffe Bible Transla- 
tors, working in the Philippines, Latin 
America, and more recently on the 
teaching staff in Dallas, Texas, in the 
areas of literacy and education. 


CHERYL, '84, and Greg RYLE, who 
served with Missionary Maintenance 
Services and Mission Aviation Fellow- 
ship since 1985, resigned in August to 

focus their ministry on their adopted 
children Meghan and Talitha. The 
Ryle family has relocated from Haiti to 
Claymont, Del., where Greg will work 
at the local airport in airplane main- 
tenance and Cheryl will teach in the 
preschool at their home church. 




been named general manager for LA 
Tech Sports Properties, a Ruston, La.- 
based firm which oversees all aspects 
of a new 10-year partnership between 
Louisiana Tech University and colle- 
giate marketer Learfield Sports. Mason 
and his wife, Wanda, and sons Hunter, 
3, and James, 9, live in Ruston. 

JOEL, '98, and Charity GONCE 
announce the birth of their first child, 
Naomi Grace, on Oct. 7. Naomi 

weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz., and was 19 Vi 
inches long, and arrived on her par- 
ents' second wedding anniversary. The 
Gonce family lives in Johnson City, 

ALD) SOVEREIGN, both '99, an- 
nounce the birth of their third child, 
Cole Thomas, on Sept. 29. Cole joins 
big brother Caedmon, 7, and big sister 
Abigail, 4. The Sovereigns live in Phila- 
delphia, Pa., where Greg is a campus 
minister with Coalition for Christian 
Outreach at Arcadia University. Ashley 
is a stay-at-home mom who hosts 
weekly events for students. 

TRAVIS, '01, and Canaan STE- 
VENS announce the birth of their 
daughter, Galilee, on July 1, 2007. Gali- 

Caedmon, Abigail, and Cole Sovereign 

Riley, Luke, and Galilee Stevens 

Hayley and Cooper Delph 

lee joins big brothers Riley, 5, and Luke, 
3. The Stevens family lives in Elkton, 
Fla., where Travis serves as associate 
director of community at Good News 
Church in St. Augustine. 

LAURA (YATES), '01, and Rob 

PROUT announce the birth of their 
daughter, Roselyn Ann, on Sept. 7. 
Roselyn weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz, and was 
19 1/4 inches long. The Prouts live in 
Newnan, Ga., where Laura is a stay- 
at-home mom and a part-time aerobics 
instructor. Rob is sales director for 
inControl, Inc., an engineering firm in 

Bryan Douglas Waites were married 
Nov. 1, at Church of the Apostles in 
Atlanta, Ga. Alumni in the wedding 
party included JORDAN MUSSEL- 
'01. Alumni attending the wedding 

included DR. DAVID LUTHER, '95H; 
all '01; ADAM PARKER and RACHEL 
and LEILA (SMITH) GRANT, '05. 
Bryan works as a senior IRA distribu- 
tion specialist at Reliance Trust Co., 
and Jennifer is a litigation paralegal at 
Bird, Loechl, Brittain & McCants, LLC. 
The Waiteses live in Atlanta. 

JOSEPH, '03, and AMBER (LANE), 
'02, DELPH, have moved from Knox- 
ville, Tenn., to Sebring, Fla., where Joe 
is associate pastor of youth and activi- 
ties at First Baptist Church. They wel- 
comed son Michael "Cooper" Delph to 

their family on March 6. Cooper joins 
big sister Hayley 2 Vi . 

ERSHAW) KENDALL, both '02, 
announce the birth of their daughter, 
Abigail Faith, on June 10. Abigail joins 
big brothers Ethan, 4, and Micah, 2. 
The Kendalls live in Chesapeake Beach, 
Md., where Robert is an associate 
pastor. Paula is a stay-at-home mom. 

SHOREY, both '03, announce the birth 
of their son, Timothy Robert, on Aug. 
14. Timothy weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz., and 
was 19 inches long. The Shorey family 
lives in Matawan, N.J. 

BEN, '04, and Ariel NORQUIST, 
announce the birth of their son, Henrik 
(Henry) Joseph, on Sept. 22. Henrik 
weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz., and was 21 inches 
long. The Norquist family lives in 

The Kendall family 

The Shorey family 

Henry and Christen Barrios 

Dayton, Tenn., where Ben is assistant 
director of spiritual formation at Bryan. 

HENRY BARRIOS, '04, and 
CHRISTEN CONRAD, '06, were mar- 
ried July 14, 2007, in San Antonio, TX. 
Bryan alumni in the wedding party 
'04. The Barrioses live in Houston, 
Texas, where Henry is a high school 
teacher and Christen is an administra- 
tive assistant at their church, Houston's 
First Baptist Church. Henry recently 

received his M.S. degree in Biologi- 
cal Sciences from the University of 

PAMELA DAVIS, '05, read a paper 
at the Medieval-Renaissance Confer- 
ence XXII at the University of Virginia's 
College at Wise in September. Her 
paper, 'The Changing Vision of Value 
in the Man of Law's Tale," considered 
the redemptive implications of one of 
Chaucer's tales. Pamela is pursuing a 
Master's degree in English at the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 

MICHAEL, '05, and CEREN 
(CARPER), '06, STONE both earned 
their Master's degree in instructional 
leadership from Tennessee Techno- 
logical University in August. Michael 

Tommy and Christina Byrd 

is a high school science teacher, head 
basketball coach, and athletic director 
at Hamilton Heights Christian Acad- 
emy in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Ceren 
is a kindergarten teacher at Battlefield 
Primary in Catoosa County, Ga. The 
Stones live in Chattanooga. 

Tommy Lee Byrd of Dayton, Tenn., 
were married Sept. 18. Christina works 
at First Bank of Tennessee and Tommy 
is a feature editor for Buckaroo Com- 
munications in Dayton. The Byrds live 
in Dayton. 

RONNIE JONES, '07x, recently 
completed U.S. Navy basic training 
at Recruit Training Command, Great 
Lakes, 111. 

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In the fall edition of Bryan Life 

Charles Russell, '72, was 



incorrectly identified as having 

'37, of Lancaster, Pa., died 
Sept. 28. He and his late 
wife, REBECCA (HAE- 
GER) TOLIVER, '38, were 

PECK, '45, of Windermere, 
Fla., died Sept. 11. 


died. Mr. Russell's brother, 
Thomas, '74, died June 9, and 
incorrect information was relayed 

Bryan's first foreign mis- 

CUMBER, '52, of Okeecho- 

to us that both brothers had 


bee, Fla., died Aug. 2. 

passed away We apologize to 

ICK) FORD, '40, of 


'62x, of Dent, Minn., died 

the Russell families, and to their 
friends, for the error. 

Catlettsburg, Ky, died Aug. 

April 11. 

Christ Above All 24 w 

All right. I know. We have heard that word 
constantly for the last year. I promise I will deal with it 
quickly and let it go. 

Regardless of our politics, there is no doubt things 
will change! Change can be good. Some of us don't 
like change. Some things need to change. Some things 
we hope change for the better. Looking around the 
Bryan campus, let's see what has changed, and what 
has not. 

First, the campus itself is going to change. In case 
you have not heard, during Homecoming, Brett 
Landes, '82, was impressed with Vision 2020, the 
blueprint to Bryan's future growth, and donated $1 
million toward the construction of the new entrance! 
That gift will change the course and look of the 
campus forever. (One thing that has NOT changed is 
Brett's basketball ability. That man can still SHOOT!) 
Already, plans are being finalized for construction 
to begin. His generous gift has encouraged and 
challenged other alums to give as well. 

The new entrance will change the perception of the 
college. It will greatly change the level of safety for 
the students going up and down the Hill. Plan now 
to be at next year's Homecoming when we officially 
dedicate and open the new entrance. If you have 
something else planned for October 3, 2009, change it! 

The food has changed. According to the students I 
talk to, it is much better than the past few years. If you 
were here for Homecoming, I think you would agree. 
The Handbook has changed — and keeps changing. 
The Office of Student Life constantly evaluates it, and 
adjusts it accordingly. My waistline and hairline keep 

Christ Above All 


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changing. Dayton is changing; not much, but it is 

So what has not changed? As I have mentioned 
before, "Christ Above All" has not changed. It is still 
our motto, still our guiding philosophy. 

The striving for excellence has not changed. The 
longer I am in this position, the more I realize that 
God has uniquely blessed this place. The people He 
has assembled here over the years have gone on to 
accomplish great things in His name, all the while 
remembering "Christ Above All." 

Our spirited rivalry with Covenant has NOT 
changed! (Neither has "creative officiating.") Dr. 
Ketchersid, home cooking, and East Tennessee 
have not changed. Love for our alma mater has not 
changed. Seats at the Table of Fellowship of Bryan 
College alumni have not changed. They are still 
available, ready for you to pull up a chair and tell 
your story. 

Last, and certainly not least, our God has not 
changed. No matter who occupies the White House, 
He still occupies the Throne! May He richly bless you 
as you seek to never change "Christ Above All." 

In His Grace, 






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Upcoming dates for alumni meetings: 

Jan. 17 - Dayton, TN March - Chattanooga, Nashville, Knoxville, 

Jan. 19 - Orlando Memphis 

Jan. 22 -Tampa April -Atlanta, Charlotte 

Jan. 23 - St. Pete/Clear water May - DC, NY, NJ 

Jan. 26 - Miami June - Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit, 

Jan. 27 - Boca Raton Columbus, Grand Rapids 

Jan. 29 - Jacksonville July - CO, AZ, CA ?? 

February - Houston and Dallas 

For more information contact: 

David Tromanhauser 

Cell: 423*605*6472 Office: 423*775*7308 

or go to: 

jnlumni C/n&titwj 

Boston, MA —^ 

Officer: David Starbuck, '03 

Charlotte, NC 

Officer: James Arnette, '90 

Dayton, OH 

Officer: Jackie Perseghetti, '82 

Detroit, MI 

Officer: Nancy Ruark, '80 

Grand Rapids, MI 

Officers: Dr. Ron, '65, and Lois, '64, Zartman 

Kansas City, MO 
Officer: Tabitha Moe, '00 

Knoxville, TN 

Officer: Miguel Ayllon, '04 

Nashville, TN 

Officers: Mark Robbins, '80 

Mary Pierce Ewing, '75 

Orlando, FL 

Officer: Lewis Alderman, '86 

Philadelphia, PA 
Officer: Abby Miller, '03 

Richmond, VA 

Officers: John Corcoran, '68 

Barry Gilman, '69 

Washington, DC 

Officer: Lisanne Boling, '03 

For information about your alumni chapter or to 
help organize a chapter in your area, contact the 
Alumni Office by email at or 
by phone at 423-775-7297. 

jTflamni C/ouneil 

Ginny Schatz, '54 
Bud Schatz, '56 
Faith Heitzer, '69 
Joe Runyon, '79 
Tom Branson, '80 
Ed Fickley '89 
Barton Stone, '05 


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promise to publish every sub- 
mission, we will consider all for 
publication in future editions of 
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honor and memory 



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in memory) of 


Kenneth and Alice Hurley 

Charlotte Jensen 

David and Gwen Mercer 

Charlotte Jensen 

Celia M. Dixon 

Barbara King 

Donald and Regina Hogue 

Barbara King 

Charles and Theda Thomas 

Russell, Kenneth, Paul, and Norma Jean Thomas 

Wesley and Mona James 

Pauline Wilkey Greer 

Ben S. Landress and Chris 

Pauline Wilkey Greer 

CBL and Associates Mgmt. Inc. 

Pauline Wilkey Greer 

Charles and Betty Lebovitz 

Pauline Wilkey Greer 

Jeffrey and Lynn Silkstone 

Pauline Wilkey Greer 

James and Janie Hughes 

Pauline Wilkey Greer 

Emily and Greg Corio 

Pauline Wilkey Greer 

Kenneth and Alice Hurley 

Andrew Hurley 

Kenneth and Alice Hurley 

Sarah Hurley 

James C. Anderson 

Harriet Anderson 

Dr. John C. Anderson 

Christine Hemphill 

Dr. and Mrs. Ted Mercer 

John and Ruth Bartlett 

Dr. and Mrs. Ted Mercer 

Eleanor Brown Williams 

Rachel Morgan 

Dr. and Mrs. John W. R Oliver 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Jean Sentz Tobelmann 

Dr. and Mrs. Karl Keefer, Jr. 

John and Ruth Bartlett 

Dr. and Mrs. Karl Keefer, Jr. 

Helen V. Goehring 

Lyman L. Goehring and Stephen Lyman Goehring 

Bruce L. Pauley 

Stephen L. Goehring 

Adib and Mirth Liddawi 

Stephen H. Liddawi 

Morgantown Baptist Church of Dayton, TN 

Ralph Toliver 

Wanda (Winnie) Davey 

Ralph Toliver 

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan L. Bennett 

Ralph Toliver 

Cranmore Cove Baptist Church 

Ralph Toliver 

Miriam Levengood 

Ralph Toliver 

Robert and Helen Moore 

Ralph Toliver 

David and Cathy Payne 

Ralph Toliver 

Robert and Sandy Vance 

Ralph Toliver 

Christ Above All 






in memory) of 

honor of 

in nonor 

Jane Ellen Hodges 

Charles and Sandra Baughman 

Grace Bible Church Deaconesses 

Ruth T. Wright 

Phyllis Fulcher 

Chester H. Miller 

Bud and Frances Brannon 

Thomas and Debra Mainor 

Ralph and Ruth Green 

Tracey Bridwell 

Ruth T. Wright 

Walter Hodges 

James and Kathy Cropp 

Dawn Hoffman 

Dawn Hoffman 

Wanda (Winnie) Davey 

Elizabeth Ann Johnson 

John P. Herndon 

Bruce L. Pauley 

Rear Adm. and Mrs. Vance Fry 

John and Ruth Bartlett 

John and Ruth Bartlett 

Ralph Toliver 
Ralph Toliver 
Ralph Toliver 
Ralph Toliver 
Ralph Toliver 
Ralph Toliver 
Ralph Toliver 
Ralph Toliver 
Ralph Toliver 
Ralph Toliver 
Frank P. Wright 

E. Walter Seera 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Johnson 
Patsy D. Herndon 
Thomas J. Russell 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schmickl 
Mrs. Rebecca Van Meeveren 

Dr. Erwin D. Latimer 
Dorothy Seera 
David Willson 
Brett Landes 
Bill and Joyce Hollin 

Dr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Livesay 

t"You are the light of the world. 
A city on a hill cannot be 
Let your light shine before 
men, that they my see your 
good deeds and praise your 
Father in heaven/ 7 
MatthPw 5:14, 16 



2009 Visit Dates 








March 26 
March 27 

September 1 8 
October 29 
October 30 

HIGHLIGHT visitors tour our campus, attend classes and chapel, 
have lunch in our dining hall, and experience campus life as a student. 
One day to help you understand the Bryan experience. 

ILLUMINATE visitors follow the Highlight schedule on Friday, but 
since they arrive the afternoon before, they have the opportunity to 
stay with a current student in a residence hall and to experience dorm 
life and talk with students. 





P.O. Box 7000 
Dayton, TN 37321-7000